Jun 14, 2024  
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Earth and Planetary Science, Associate of Science

School of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE)

Earth and Planetary Science is the study of the Earth and other bodies in the solar system.  At CNM, Geology is the focus of our Earth and Planetary Science program.  Introductory courses study the planet Earth, including the materials that make up the Earth, the processes that act on these materials, the evolution of the continents and life through time, and the science behind environmental issues.  This program is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Science in Earth and Planetary Science from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Planetary Science at the University of New Mexico. However, students from CNM seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions. Students interested in transfer to UNM should consult the UNM Earth and Planetary Science Department. Students should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements. College catalogs are generally available online. Students should also consult an advisor at CNM.

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an: Associate of Science Degree
  • This educational option can be completed: Part-Time or Full-Time
  • This educational option is designed for: Immediate employment and transfer into a baccalaureate program
  • This educational option can be started: Any Term
  • Scheduling Information: Follow course catalog recommendations to avoid scheduling problems
  • Primary course location: Main Campus

Special Requirements

  • Students are expected to purchase textbooks, lab manuals and lab safety equipment

Information for people with felony convictions

  • A felony conviction will not prevent entry into the program or employment; however, it may limit available employment opportunities.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Program Requirements


Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 60

Program Approved Communications Elective